I am new to this forum so first... hello all, I have to say this is a very interesting thread but seems to have gone a little out to left field. Bit's are a big hunk of metal in your horses mouth that can do a lot of damage and all you people out there making fun of people that don't like bits, you best not forget that. I have no problems with bits but more with the hands that use them.
Personally when I am teaching my students I can not stress enough that it's never about the bit it's about the respect that your horse has for you and for pressure. If your horse clearly understands how to move off pressure then you do not need a bit for simple things. I teach all basics to my horses in a halter and then move up to a bit to refine head position. But other then that I ride in a halter on the trail or for basic schooling.
Last edited by Tabycat; 02-13-2011 at 11:27 PM.